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Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car

Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A woman has been arrested for leaving a child inside a hot car in a Sandy Springs parking lot.

Melissa Jackson turned herself in to Sandy Springs Police on Thursday.

Investigators said that on July 13, she left a child inside a car with the windows rolled up at the Lowe's on Roswell Road. It was about 86 degrees outside when witnesses spotted the child in the car.

Jackson left the scene before police arrived, but turned herself in after being contacted by detectives.

Police said Cobb County DFCS is also investigating Jackson.

Tenn. man charged in wreck that killed wife

Tenn. man charged in wreck that killed wife

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police have charged a Tennessee man with second-degree vehicular homicide in an accident that killed his 72-year-old wife.

James Straley, 74, was also charged with failure to yield in the June 28 wreck on Roswell Road at the I-285 westbound entrance ramp.

According to the investigation, Straley was trying to enter the ramp when he turned into the path of a Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder slammed into the passenger side of Straley's Toyota Avalon, where his wife was sitting.

The wife, Ailsie Straley, was rushed to Northside Hospital, but suffered a heart attack and passed away in the ambulance.

James Straley was taken to the Alpharetta Jail to post bond. The Pathfinder driver will not face charges.

Sandy Springs SWAT situation ends peacefully

Sandy Springs SWAT situation ends peacefully

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- No one was hurt in an hours-long SWAT standoff in Sandy Springs overnight.

The situation began at around 10 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect's mother called police to report that her son, Edward Quenzer, was acting erratic.

After the mother called police, Quenzer threatened her with a Taser-type stun gun, according to Sandy Springs Police spokesman Ron Momon.

North Metro SWAT and Sandy Springs Police officials responded to Quenzer's house on Old Woodbine Road and tried to negotiate with him.

Early Thursday morning, a SWAT team was able to get into the house and take Quenzer into custody without incident, Momon said. Quenzer will now undergo a mental evaluation at Grady Memorial Hospital; the suspect's mother said he has been displaying symptoms of paranoia and schizophrenia.

Police evacuated several of Quenzer's neighbors during the SWAT standoff, but no one was harmed.

Man charged with harassing synagogue members

Man charged with harassing synagogue members

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police have charged a man with harassing members of the local Jewish community.

Charles Cortell was arrested Friday morning on three counts of disorderly conduct.

Sandy Springs Police Sgt. Ron Momon said Cortell is accused of making harassing phone calls and sending hate-filled emails and text messages to members of a Sandy Springs synagogue.

"Although Cortell is Jewish, his message was largely one of hatred toward the Jewish population and paranoia about certain political and government facets," Momon said in a release.

Officers received a tip that Cortell frequents the area of Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs. He was arrested during a traffic stop in that area and is being held in the Alpharetta Jail.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

Fugitive doctor Kelly Thrasher extradited to Georgia

Fugitive doctor Kelly Thrasher extradited to Georgia

ATLANTA -- A fugitive Sandy Springs doctor who was arrested in Florida last week is back in Georgia.

Kelly Thrasher was flown to Atlanta and booked into the Fulton County Jail late Wednesday. He waived his first court appearance, which was scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

Fugitive doctor Kelly Thrasher arrested in Miami

Fugitive doctor Kelly Thrasher arrested in Miami

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Sandy Springs doctor who is wanted on a number of charges has been arrested in Florida.

Kelly Thrasher was taken into custody in Miami Wednesday night.

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U.S. Marshals found Thrasher at a Days Inn in South Beach and arrested him without incident. Police said he had about $30,000 in cash in his possession. He is now being held at Miami's Metro West Detention Center, where he is awaiting extradition to Georgia.